WordPress at Scale

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 3:30 - 4:15 pm (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Location: Room B226
Format: General Lecture Session

Session description

A single WordPress can push hundreds of millions of pageviews a month; it can serve tens of thousands of concurrent logged-in users; and it can be lightning-fast the whole time. It is known. The question is not whether WordPress itself can scale, but whether or not your implementation is ready.

This session will cover:

  • Page Caching
  • Object Caching
  • Query Performance
  • Algorithm Performance
  • Searching for Scale
  • A Real-World Scalable Architecture
  • Elastic Architecture
  • Development and Workflow


Steve Persch

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Agency and Community Engineer, Pantheon

Steve Persch is a developer with 10 years of experience building WordPress and Drupal sites. When he was interning at a theatre company in college, he overheard the artistic director say they needed a blog and an online magazine. He volunteered to build them. WordPress 2.0.4 got the job done. His path was changed, and he's been building sites since. Most of his professional experience is in Drupal, and he has insights on the common challenges in both communities. He now works as an Agency and Community Engineer at Pantheon.


  • General Lecture Session: WordPress at Scale